16:51 24 Dec 2023

Paris to host Artillery Coalition to bolster Ukrainian army

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On January 1, 2024, the Artillery Coalition for Strengthening the Ukrainian Army will start working in Paris, within which Ukraine hopes to receive additional Caesar self-propelled artillery installations and ammunition and introduce artificial intelligence into their management.

Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Ivan Havryliuk announced this during a meeting with the delegation of the Senate of the French Parliament, the Ministry of Defense reported.

In particular, within the coalition's framework, Ukraine's armed forces are interested in purchasing French Caesar self-propelled artillery installations in the future.

According to Havryliuk, supplying artillery systems from allies enables Ukraine to strengthen its firepower.

He also said that the French Caesar's self-propelled guns demonstrated high efficiency and accuracy in combat.

In addition, fire control tests of these self-propelled guns, in which artificial intelligence will be used, are planned for 2024.

The Deputy Minister of Defense claims that AI will reduce the use of ammunition by 30% during shooting and hitting targets.

He also called on the French side to help increase the number of ammunition for Caesar's self-propelled guns.

For reference:

Ceasar is a self-propelled artillery installation of a new generation. It makes it possible to hit the enemy at a distance of 20 km or more from the front line with high accuracy. The enemy's artillery, reserves, and control points are located at this distance. Their destruction reduces the offensive potential of the enemy.

These self-propelled guns are on a wheeled chassis, which makes them mobile and maneuverable. The installation is equipped with an automated self-attachment and homing system.

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Caesar has a sufficiently high rate of fire — 5 shots per minute — and a high rate of fire. It can use several types of 155 mm caliber ammunition used in NATO countries and provides the opportunity to act according to the principle of "fire – maneuver – fire."

It should be noted that Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, and Sweden will provide military, economic, humanitarian, and political support to Ukraine in the fight against Russian aggression now and in the long term.

"We want our military support to help defend Ukraine, especially against the missiles that are currently attacking it. And we will continue this strong support in the future," the head of the Norwegian government assured.

Earlier, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and European leaders agreed to create a combat aircraft coalition.

In addition, Latvia initiated the creation of a coalition of drones and confirmed that it is ready to continue and deepen cooperation and look for new partners.

Also, during the Defense Contact Group of Ukraine (UDCG) meeting on September 19, the defense ministers of Ukraine, Estonia, and Luxembourg held a kick-off meeting of the new IT coalition within the framework of the "Ramstein format."

In addition, on December 11, Norway and Great Britain created a naval coalition to support Ukraine.

It is worth noting that Ukraine invited Türkiye to join the Maritime Coalition to strengthen security in the Black Sea.

Iceland joins two coalitions supporting Ukraine: the IT and Mine Action Coalition.

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